MEDIA RELEASE Rev Paul Nicolson 0208 3765455 — 07961177889
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE in solidarity with everyone in UK suffering mental or physical ill-health due to inadequate incomes and debt.
Rents and council tax enforcement are burning up the lowest incomes needed for food, fuel, clothes and transport
I have been summoned to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, 51 Holloway Road, London N7 8JA at 13.30 on Thursday 13th July. There will be a demonstration outside the courts from 12-1.30.
I am refusing to pay my council tax to Haringey Council , as an act of civil disobedience, in solidarity with everyone in the UK suffering mental or physical ill-health due to grossly inadequate incomes and debt in work, self employment, unemployment or zero hours contracts, which are taxed by local authorities, particularly those who have been forced by national and local government to go to a food bank.
THE MAGISTRATES COURT
BDO LLP55 Baker Street
London W1U 7EU
- to audit the £102 summons costs plus £13 for the liability order
- and queried the sense in enforcing the tax against people who cannot pay so failing to collect over £2 million a year
I will be asking the Highbury Corner Magistrates when and how they checked the costs of £115 they award this year against, mostly impoverished, council tax defaulters, 27,270 times in 2016/17.
There is a comprehensive description of how £73.10 single adult unemployment benefit has been reducing in value since 1979 on the TAP website. Its increases were frozen in 201I. It cannot afford 20% of the council tax, let alone court costs (£115) and bailiffs fees(up to £400) introduced in 2013. It also has to pay rent dues to the bedroom tax and the benefit cap..